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Employment Opportunities

To Apply

Resume and inquiries to our Human resources department are invited by mail or email.

Corporate Office

Mailing Address:
Human Resources Department
89 Hangar Way
Watsonville, CA 95076

About Orion

Orion Telescopes & Binoculars is continually growing, and we're always on the lookout for qualified applicants to join our team! As the leading direct-to-consumer brand of outdoor optics, Orion is an exciting place to work. Our headquarters are located in beautiful Santa Cruz County on the Central California coast, just 20 miles south of Silicon Valley and 75 miles south of San Francisco. Orion employees enjoy a comfortable, stimulating working environment. The atmosphere is cooperative, team-oriented, and casual yet professional. Orion offers a competitive compensation & benefits package.

Current Opportunities

Customer Service Representative I
Merchandising Assistant
Technical Service Representative I

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE I (part-time/full-time), starting at $15.50 per hour

Location: Watsonville, CA or Remote Location (California-based)

Job Objective
To provide the basic aspects of sales and customer service.

Essential Job Functions

  • Answer multiple incoming telephone lines, email and live chat for sales, information, and operator functions
  • Directly enter orders onto computer system
  • Enter mail orders into the system after accounting has processed the payment
  • Provide basic information regarding a customer order history including, but not limited to, 1) when an order shipped; 2) how it was shipped; 3) return enquiries; 4) return authorizations; 5) if there are any credits (A/R's)
  • Assist customers in selecting merchandise
  • Use computer to access information about customers, products and shipping information
  • Place tracers with UPS and Fed Ex
  • Assure customer concerns are addressed directly or referred to the appropriate personnel for resolution
  • Provide customer accommodation in conjunction with department policies and procedures
  • Respond to customer e-mail, chat requests and other correspondence as needed
  • Communicate with customers about order payment and billing issues
  • Enter in and work with information on the Payment Hold Report
  • Follow-up with Problem Order Forms
  • Process backorder notifications and order cancellation report
  • Perform within department standards to meet CSR I goals

Critical Skills/Expertise

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong communication skills

Job Standards

  • Communicate verbally in a clear, pleasant tone and manner
  • Ability to read and write English
  • Complete all departmental forms accurately and neatly
  • Accurately enter data into the computer system
  • Learn and apply training materials in an effective manner
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, and managers
  • Participate in department technical trainings and star parties
  • Communicate via email and live chat in a professional manner and efficient manner
  • Apply problem-solving skills to generate solutions for internal and external customers

Required Knowledge of Equipment

  • Multi-line Phone System
  • Personal Computer
  • Fax Machine
  • Copy Machine and all functions
  • Credit card authorization machine
  • Email Management and Instant Messaging Software

MERCHANDISING ASSISTANT (part-time), starting at $20.00 per hour

Location: Watsonville, CA

Job Objective
This role will perform daily merchandising and website production processes for our fast-paced, high-volume business-to-consumer E-marketing department and our business-to-business Wholesale department. This includes using our proprietary order management system, our website ecommerce/content management platform, and third-party ecommerce platforms to maintain our product database.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Enter miscellaneous product information (product names, pricing, technical specifications, keywords, meta information, online product ids, launch dates, sales channels, product images and videos, promotional permissions, categorization, etc.) into our proprietary order management system.
  • Enter product-related textual content into our proprietary content repository and our website content management platform.
  • Associate community content to products in our ecommerce/content management platform.
  • Create product families in our order management system and in our product review portal.
  • Generate daily exports of product information from our order management system.
  • Utilize product evaluator spreadsheet to determine appropriate products to display on web pages and in email blasts.

Critical Skills/Expertise

  • Intermediate Excel skills including the ability to input data and construct effective formulas to extract and analyze data.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of basic internet skills (email, web surfing, search engine use, etc.).
  • Previous merchandising experience helpful but not required.
  • Experience with custom order management software helpful but not required.
  • Working knowledge of Orion Telescopes & Binoculars products helpful but not required.
  • Minimum 1 year in support of a fast-paced, high-volume retail business.

Job Standards

  • This position requires an ability to thrive in and embrace a fast-paced, high-volume business which presents frequent new challenges.
  • Desire to learn and implement skills of ecommerce and merchandising.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Detail-oriented, with ability to consistently enter data with a minimum of errors.
  • Ability to work closely with various departments and personnel and coordinate deliverables to meet overall requirements.
  • Ability to define and continuously refine / streamline production processes, including creating and clearly documenting process steps.
  • Strong project management skills.

TECHNICAL SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE I (part-time), starting at $18.00 per hour

Location: Watsonville, CA or Remote Location (California-based)

Job Objective
To assist customers and customer service representatives with technical information and support on Orion products and other products that Orion sells. To provide technical training for all Customer Service Department staff members.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assist customers, within established guidelines to resolve issues and answer questions related to purchased items. This includes, but is not limited to, providing support in resolving warranty and non-warranty product issues, sending replacement parts, product assembly and usage, software installation and support of camera or other component drivers and software. Offer advanced pre-sales support for customers considering a purchase or comparing Orion with other brands and product lines. Requires a cursory knowledge of competing brands.
  • Develop and conduct technical meetings and training sessions to enhance the Department's technical knowledge. This includes nighttime training sessions demonstrating the use and features of various products in real-world observing conditions. Also develop and conduct training sessions for weekly Department meetings.
  • Identify and properly communicate product issues such as, but not limited to, customer concerns related to instruction manuals, catalog and web copy discrepancies or other product issues to other departments.
  • Provide continuous department product training for all customer service representatives.
  • Enter and maintain journals related to customer concerns and corrective action. Keep customer journals current and up to date, resolving journal entries within designated time frame.
  • Stay current with the latest developments in the astronomy field and related products.
  • Answer phones, support emails and respond to chats within designated time frames.
  • Perform within Department standards to meet TSR I goals.
  • Submit tech notes for the Orion web-site for common Customer technical issues.

Critical Skills/Expertise

  • PC literacy — Should have a working knowledge of current Windows operating systems and be familiar with hardware settings and driver installation/troubleshooting. Need to be able to operate and describe Orion's software and be able to understand and explain software and hardware install and uninstall processes.
  • In-depth product knowledge — Must be able to understand and describe the individual component parts of Orion product. Includes, but not limited to describing out of the box assembly and troubleshooting.
  • Hands-on observational astronomy experience (intermediate level minimum; advanced preferred).
  • Hands-on imaging astronomy experience (intermediate level or better).

Job Standards

  • Communicate verbally in a clear, pleasant tone and manner
  • Ability to read and write English
  • Complete all departmental forms accurately and neatly
  • Accurately enter data into the computer system
  • Learn and apply training materials in an effective manner
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, managers, and customers
  • Clearly document and resolve customer contacts in the journal system
  • Communicate clearly, efficiently and professionally via e-mails, journals, and order memos
  • Accurately identify replacement parts to resolve warranty related issue

Required Knowledge of Equipment

  • Multi-line Phone System
  • Telephone Headset
  • Windows based PC (MAC experience a plus)
  • Business Software Applications such as MS Outlook, MS Excel, Slack, Chat, Support Ticketing, etc.
  • Astro Imaging Software such as Sequence Generator Pro, N.I.N.A, and/or MaximDL
  • Photoshop for general image processing
  • Registax, DeepSkyStacker, StarShootIC
  • Computer Printers